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Indian Muslim Scholars’ Support for Turkey's Erdogan Is Alarming















FILE - Students chant while marching at a rally against Islamophobia at San Diego State University in San Diego, California, Nov. 23, 2015.

 

Iraqi Army Kills 700 ISIL Militants during Liberation of Area near Ramadi

Afghan Forces Turning Afghanistan into Graveyard of Terrorism: Gen. Shaheem

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India

Indian Muslim Scholars’ Support for Turkey's Erdogan Is Alarming

60 Terrorists Sneaked Into J&K during Unrest

Muslim youth killed, tension in Muzaffarnagar; 2 arrested

In Assam, Indian Muslims are being abused as 'Bangladeshi'

Activists urge India's Supreme Court to scrap bans on cow slaughter, saying beef is a vital protein for poor people

Muslim Man Takes Holy Dip at One of the Pushkar Ghats 

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Arab World

Iraqi Army Kills 700 ISIL Militants during Liberation of Area near Ramadi

Bombing Hospitals in Yemen Becomes Fashion for Saudi Coalition in Yemen

Army's Operations in Jisr al-Shughour to Empty Eastern Aleppo from Terrorists

Tens of Militants Surrender to Syrian Gov't in Homs

Terrorists' Supply Route to Military Academy in Aleppo Cut by Army

Terrorists Heavily Pressed in Army, Air Force's Concurrent Attacks in Deir Ezzur

Senior ISIL Commander Killed in Syrian Army's Offensive in Deir Ezzur

Saudi Invasion Costs Yemen $14bn in Damage Economic Losses

Militant Group Responsible for Crisis in Aleppo's East

Syrian Troops Advance near Darayya's Railway Station

Syrian Army Repels Terrorists' Repeated Attacks on Jamiat al-Zahra

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South Asia

Afghan Forces Turning Afghanistan into Graveyard Of Terrorism: Gen. Shaheem

Communists Would Have Occupied Pakistan Had the Afghans Not Stopped Them: Religious Scholar

Explosion in Kabul city, child reportedly wounded

Taliban shadow governor for Kunduz likely killed in US drone strike

Afghan forces proved capabilities in fight against the imposed war: Ghani

ARG Palace reports ‘friendly atmosphere’ as Ghani met Abdullah

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Europe

Merkel Says Islamic State Threat in Germany Predates Refugee Influx

French Muslims Wary Over Proposed 'Islamic Foundation'

German Who Plotted to Bomb U.S. Targets in Europe Gets Out of Prison Early

German officials at odds over reports on Turkey as ‘Islamist hub’

German police find items ‘glorifying Islamic State’ at home of man arrested for explosives

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Pakistan

Man Held for Killing Wife on Pretext of Family Honour in Karachi

Govt In Process Of Reducing Scope of Rangers-Led Operation, Says CM

Former ISI chief working as chief advisor in WAK Gas

Nawaz Sharif vows to support struggle of Kashmiri people

Pakistan must do utmost to prevent acts of terror: US

Saarc delegates treated to a cultural music night

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Africa

Boko Haram Kills Five in Attack on Reopened Highway

Rwanda police shoot dead terror suspect in Kigali

Nigerian president Buhari breaks silence on Zaria massacre after months

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Mideast

Russia Says Turkey Could Provide İncirlik Base for Moscow’s Syria Campaign

Three Police Officers Killed, More Than 100 Wounded in Bomb Attack in Turkey’s Elazığ

One police officer, two civilians killed in PKK bomb attack in Turkey's Van

Turkey submits Israel deal to parliament for approval

CHP urges lowering of Turkey’s election threshold

Turkish Cypriot president pledges to act on FETÖ if evidence offered

Turkish mega projects unaffected by coup attempt, says minister

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North America

Attacks against US Muslims Growing in Frequency, Violence

The US has 'the most Islamic government in the world,' says one American Muslim

America’s “Dirty Arab” Islamophobia Problem

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Indian Muslim scholars’ support for Turkey's Erdogan is alarming

18-08-2016

In the wake of the military coup attempt in Turkey, some prominent Indian Muslim scholars have publicly expressed overwhelming support for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In a letter dated July 17, 2016, (two days after the coup attempt in Turkey) renowned Islamic cleric Maulana Salman Hussaini Nadvi emphatically endorsed Erdogan and lambasted the alleged mastermind of the putsch, Fethullah Gulen (a Turkish Islamic scholar based in the US).

He even used some derogatory words for Gulen in the letter and accused him of cooperating with the "American and Israeli lobby". He expressed regret at the success of the coup led by Abdel Fattah el-Sisi against the government of Mohamed Morsi in Egypt.

The Shahi Imam of Delhi's iconic Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, also spoke very highly of the Turkish leader in the Friday sermon on July 22 after having a meeting with the Turkish ambassador to India. He too derided Gulen in equally strong words.

While it is absolutely fine for anyone to back a democratically-elected president of a country in the face of an attempt to oust him/her through undemocratic means, these scholars can hardly be said to be supporting Erdogan on this ground.

There are at least three underlying factors that determine their stand on this issue - support for political Islam, longing for the lost Ottoman Caliphate and a great appetite for conspiracy theories among Muslims in India.

Almost all the leaders in West Asia with a strongman Islamist image who engage in polemics with the West - quintessentially political Islamists - enjoy popular and near unconditional support of the Indian Muslim community.

There is little doubt that both Erdogan and Morsi are prominent figures representing political Islam, and it is one of the reasons why Maulana Nadvi's letter condemning the coup attempt against Erdogan in Turkey also makes reference to the coup against Morsi in Egypt.

Furthermore, the popularity of the erstwhile Ottoman Caliphate among Muslims in India remains high. It is seen as the last powerful authority which represented the global Muslim community, the loss of which has left Muslims in despair all across the world.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been relentlessly trying to revive the Ottoman past in Turkey.

Given that Erdogan has been relentlessly trying to revive the Ottoman past in Turkey and has considerably succeeded in doing it, adds to the reasons for Muslims in India to appreciate and admire him.

Fully aware of this fact, the Turkish envoy in India is apparently trying to capitalise on this.

Following the coup attempt, he hashed a series of meetings with prominent Muslim figures in India. Apart from the Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid, he also met with a delegation from Jamaat-e-Islami Hind; JamiatUlama-i-Hind general secretary Mahmood Madani; Chishty Foundation director Syed Salman Chishty; India Islamic Cultural Centre (IICC) president Sirajuddin Qureshi, and others.

The emergence of neo-Ottomanism in Turkey and the palpable effort by Turkish diplomatic missions abroad to garner support for it should be a matter of grave concern for everyone.

Not only is it perilous for Muslims in general to support a trend that has no place in today's secular and democratic world order, it is also a threat to India's own unity and integrity.

On the contrary, the person accused by Erdogan of plotting the coup - Fethullah Gulen - thinks unfavourably of any idea to re-establish a caliphate.

In an article, he says: "…the revival of the Caliphate would be very difficult and making Muslims accept such a revived Khilafah would be impossible. The perception of the modern world regarding the revival of Khilafah must be considered."

Finally, Maulana Nadvi's letter is also a manifestation of the great appetite for conspiracy theories among Muslims in India.

Arguments like Osama bin-Laden wasn't killed in Pakistan, 9/11 was an inside job, the international financial system is under Jewish control etc, are some of the most popular and preposterous conspiracy theories in India.

Within a few days of the coup, when the world was still trying to grapple with what happened in Turkey, Maulana Nadvi and the Shahi Imam were too sure that the attempt had been made by Gulen with the backing of the "American and Israeli lobby".

He said this despite Gulen categorically denying any involvement and any independent investigation into the coup still due.

In fact, no independent inquiry has yet been carried out on the matter and the Turkish government's narrative on the coup has been challenged on many fronts.

Understandably, what convinced them so quickly of Gulen's involvement in the coup is the fact that he lives in the US.

If so, this is no different from the infamous Subramanian Swamy's allegation that since Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan has worked for many years in the US and holds a permanent residence permit of the country, he is "mentally not fully Indian".

To summarise, the support that has been expressed by some prominent Muslim figures of India for the Turkish president can hardly be said to be support for modern democracy and democratic values.

Seemingly, their prime concern is the defence of a political Islamist who talks of the revival of a lost caliphate, regardless of his democratic credentials.

This is a deeply alarming situation and must concern everyone who holds democracy dear in India.

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Iraqi Army Kills 700 ISIL Militants during Liberation of Area near Ramadi

August 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iraqi forces killed 700 ISIL militants during an anti-terrorist offensive on Khalidiyah Island located 14 miles East of Ramadi in the Western Anbar province, the commander of Anbar Operations said.

"Security forces so far have killed 700 ISIL members since the beginning of Khalidiyah Island liberation battles. Khalidiyah Island has been liberated two weeks ago," said General Ismail Mahalawi, Iraqi News reported.

The final anti-terrorist offensive on Khalidiyah Island started in late July. In early August, Iraqi media reported that Khalidiyah Island had been fully liberated from terrorists.

The city of Ramadi was occupied by ISIL militants in May 2014. The government forces succeeded in retaking the city after weeks of fierce fighting from December 2015 to February 2016.

ISIL is a terrorist group mainly operating in Syria and Iraq. The terrorists have also claimed responsibility for attacks in Europe. The group is deemed as terrorist entity by international bodies, including UN.

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950528000532

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Afghan forces turning Afghanistan into graveyard of terrorism: Gen. Shaheem

Thu Aug 18 2016

Gen. ShaheemThe Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) are turning Afghanistan into a graveyard of terrorism, the Afghan Army Chief of Staff Gen. Qadam Shah Shaheem said.

Gen. Shaheem was speaking during a ceremony to mark the 97th Independence Day of Afghanistan in Kabul city today.

Admitting that the country is facing a major threat from terrorism, Gen. Shaheem said the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) are resolute in their fight against the terrorism.

Gen. Shaheem further added that the Afghan forces continue to suppress the terrorist groups and will turn the country into the graveyard of terrorism.

In other parts of his speech, Gen. Shaheem said the outsiders are still interfering the internal affairs of Afghanistan but he did not elaborate further.

The remarks by Gen. Shaheem comes as the security situation of the country has sharply been deteriorating during the recent months with the rampant Taliban-led insurgency.

Afghanistan is also facing threats posed by the international terrorism, including the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group as they attempt to gain and expand foothold in the country.

The Afghan forces launched a major operation against ISIS terrorists in eastern Nangarhar province around three weeks as they are still busy conducting their annual military offensive ‘Shafaq Operations’ to suppress the Taliban-led insurgency.

http://www.khaama.com/afghan-forces-turning-afghanistan-into-graveyard-of-terrorism-gen-shaheem-01717

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India

Indian Muslim scholars’ support for Turkey's Erdogan is alarming

18-08-2016

In the wake of the military coup attempt in Turkey, some prominent Indian Muslim scholars have publicly expressed overwhelming support for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In a letter dated July 17, 2016, (two days after the coup attempt in Turkey) renowned Islamic cleric Maulana Salman Hussaini Nadvi emphatically endorsed Erdogan and lambasted the alleged mastermind of the putsch, Fethullah Gulen (a Turkish Islamic scholar based in the US).

Full report at: dailyo.in/politics/erdogan-turkey-coup-fethullah-gulen-shahi-imam-salman-hussaini-nadvi-morsi-ottoman-caliphate-osama/story/1/12434.html

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60 terrorists sneaked into J&K during unrest

Aug 18, 2016

Hizb operatives in Tral are training disaffected youths in the forests and making fresh recruits

Paramilitary troopers stand guard during a curfew in the Batmaloo area of Srinagar on WednesdayParamilitary troopers stand guard during a curfew in the Batmaloo area of Srinagar on Wednesday

SRINAGAR: Taking advantage of the ongoing unrest in the valley, terrorists in north Kashmir's Kupwara and Uri sectors have sneaked into central as well as south Kashmir, sources told TOI.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/srinagar/60-terrorists-sneaked-into-JK-during-unrest/articleshow/53747215.cms

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Muslim youth killed, tension in Muzaffarnagar; 2 arrested

August 18, 2016

A Muslim youth was shot dead, allegedly by the uncle of his Hindu girlfriend, in Muzaffarnagar district on Tuesday night, leading to communal tension in the

According to the police, the body of Mohd Nazim, 21, was found inside the girl’s house in Vehalna village, under Kotwali police station. At about 1:30 am on Wednesday, the girl’s father, Arvind Kumar, reportedly called up the police to inform that they had shot a thief.

“We rushed to the spot to find the body. What raised suspicion was the fact that the youth was in his undergarments. We interrogated all the family members individually,” said Muzaffarnagar SSP Deepak Kumar. “The girl, about 20 years old, then told us that she was in love with the youth, and her uncle, Pradeep, had killed him after finding the two together in her room,” he said.

Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/muslim-youth-killed-tension-in-muzaffarnagar-2-arrested-2981986/

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In Assam, Indian Muslims are being abused as 'Bangladeshi'

17-08-2016

On August 13, in a discussion in the Assam Assembly about eviction of illegal encroachers from government/khas/VGR/PGR lands, a Muslim Congress MLA was called a "Bangladeshi" by a BJP MLA.

Sherman Ali, the Congress MLA, was only trying to make his point that there are 1,30,000 families affected by erosion who could be occupying these lands and they should be properly rehabilitated instead of being indiscriminately evicted.

Ali was advocating for the most marginalised people of Assam who lost their homes to monstrous erosion of the Brahmaputra. Since Independence, more than 7 per cent of Assam's land mass has been eroded.

Full report at: dailyo.in/politics/assam-muslims-bangladeshi-sherman-ali-brahmaputra-erosion-ramakanta-deuri-assembly-election-british/story/1/12421.html

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Activists urge India's Supreme Court to scrap bans on cow slaughter, saying beef is a vital protein for poor people

17 August 2016 

A group of 30 individuals including Dalit activists urged the Supreme Court to overturn a ban on cattle slaughter on Wednesday, saying it is a violation of “one’s right to choose his food” and “supply of essential proteins”.

India is the world's fifth-largest consumer and second-largest exporter of beef, but groups close to the BJP oppose the killing of cows as the animal is considered sacred by many Hindus.

Full report at: dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-3745869/Activists-urge-India-s-Supreme-Court-scrap-bans-cow-slaughter-saying-beef-vital-protein-poor-people.html

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Muslim Man Takes Holy Dip at One of the Pushkar Ghats 

Aug 18, 2016      

Nalgonda: Setting aside the barriers of caste and religion, a Muslim man from Miryalaguda town took a holy dip at one of the Pushkar Ghats in the district on Wednesday.

Khaja Moinuddin, a native of Muktgagirikunta in Miryalaguda town, has set an example to others by taking the holy bath at Adavidevulapally pushkar ghat during the ongoing river fest.

Speaking to The Hans India, Moinuddin, who came to the ghat along with his Hindu friend, informed that this was the first time he took holy bath during Pushkaralu.

Full report at: thehansindia.com/posts/index/Telangana/2016-08-18/Muslim-man-takes-holy-dip/249100

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Arab World

Iraqi Army Kills 700 ISIL Militants during Liberation of Area near Ramadi

August 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iraqi forces killed 700 ISIL militants during an anti-terrorist offensive on Khalidiyah Island located 14 miles East of Ramadi in the Western Anbar province, the commander of Anbar Operations said.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950528000532

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Bombing Hospitals in Yemen Becomes Fashion for Saudi Coalition in Yemen

August 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Online Whistle-blower magazine, Intercept wrote in a report on the ongoing Saudi-led war on Yemen that bombing medical facilities has become ‘a usual business’ for the US-backed coalition, as the blatant attacks on the civilians by Saudis and the forces they support have been widely gone unpunished by the international community.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950528000402

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Army's Operations in Jisr al-Shughour to Empty Eastern Aleppo from Terrorists

August 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army and its allies' advance towards Jisr al-Shughour will force the terrorist groups in Eastern Aleppo to return to Idlib province, a military expert said on Thursday.

"By the Syrian forces' operations in Jisr al-Shughour, the Jeish al-Fatah terrorists and their allies will be forced to return to Idlib and transfer a large number of their forces from Aleppo, which will pave the ground for the army to take control of the Eastern parts of Aleppo and finally seize back the entire city," the expert said.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950528000247

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Tens of Militants Surrender to Syrian Gov't in Homs

August 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Around 140 rebels in the Central province of Homs laid down their arms and turned themselves in to the Syrian officials.

"140 militants from the villages of Talbiseh, al-Rastan and Hassia in Homs province and from a number of neighborhoods in Homs city were pardoned after turning themselves in to the authorities on Wednesday," a source said on Thursday.

The development came amid the terrorist groups' threats against those who surrender to the government, the source added.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950528000183

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Terrorists' Supply Route to Military Academy in Aleppo Cut by Army

August 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army troops and their allies took control of more districts near the military academy buildings and Project 1070 in Southern Aleppo and cut the terrorists' supply route in the region.

"The purging operations of Project 1070 still continue by the army and 90% of the region has been completely cleaned up of terrorists," a field source said on Thursday.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950528000411

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Terrorists Heavily Pressed in Army, Air Force's Concurrent Attacks in Deir Ezzur

August 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian ground troops and fighter jets launched simultaneous attacks on terrorists' positions in Deir Ezzur, inflicting a heavy toll and damage on the militants.

The Syrian army's artillery attacks in Huweijeh al-Saqr destroyed the terrorists' armored vehicles near Deir Ezzur city, killing all militants inside.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950528000392

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Senior ISIL Commander Killed in Syrian Army's Offensive in Deir Ezzur

August 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Emir of ISIL in al-Hamidiya region of Deir Ezzur was killed in the Syrian army's military operations on Thursday.

Leith al-Dali, a notorious commander of the ISIL and Emir of al-Hamidiya, was killed in the heavy attacks of the Syrian army on the Takfiri terrorists' positions near al-Rafedeen restaurant.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950528000341

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Saudi Invasion Costs Yemen $14bn in Damage Economic Losses

August 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A confidential report said war on Yemen has cost the already poor country over $14 billion in damage to infrastructure and economic losses as Saudi Arabia pushes ahead with its deadly military campaign against its neighbor.

“The conflict has so far resulted in damage costs (still partial and incomplete) of almost $7 billion and economic losses of over $7.3 billion in relation to production and service delivery,” wrote a May 6 joint report by the World Bank, the United Nations, the Islamic Development Bank and the European Union, presstv reported.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950528000313

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Militant Group Responsible for Crisis in Aleppo's East

August 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Deputy director of the Syrian center for countering terrorist ideology said militant groups are responsible for humanitarian crisis in the Eastern parts of Syria's Aleppo.

“The situation in the Syrian army-controlled districts of Aleppo is much better,” said the deputy director of the Syrian Center for countering terrorist ideology Wael Malas , Sputnik reported.

Aleppo has been mired in intense fighting during the past few weeks, with the Syrian army and popular forces having managed to encircle large groups of militants in Eastern districts of Aleppo.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950528000508

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Syrian Troops Advance Near Darayya's Railway Station

August 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army and popular forces have taken back more districts from the militant groups in the Southwestern parts of Darayya, and are preparing to take back the railway station."After clashes with the terrorist groups, the Syrian army further advanced in the Southwestern parts of Darayya city in Western Ghouta of Damascus and retook control of a number of residential areas near Nour al-Din Shahid mosque towards North in an area 450m in length and 200m in width," a field source said on Thursday.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950528000280

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Syrian Army Repels Terrorists' Repeated Attacks on Jamiat al-Zahra

August 18, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army units have several times in the past few days repulsed the terrorists' offensive on Jamiat al-Zahra in Western Aleppo as the town enjoys strategic importance for both sides.

Two regions of Jamiat al-Zahra and military academy in Aleppo have been witnessing the fiercest clashes between the army and militants since both of the regions play a decisive role in changing the power balance.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950528000309

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South Asia

Afghan forces turning Afghanistan into graveyard of terrorism: Gen. Shaheem

Thu Aug 18 2016

Gen. ShaheemThe Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) are turning Afghanistan into a graveyard of terrorism, the Afghan Army Chief of Staff Gen. Qadam Shah Shaheem said.

Full report at: khaama.com/afghan-forces-turning-afghanistan-into-graveyard-of-terrorism-gen-shaheem-01717

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Communists Would Have Occupied Pakistan Had the Afghans Not Stopped Them: Religious Scholar

Thu Aug 18 2016

A prominent Pakistani politician and religious scholar Maulana Samiul Haq has said the communists would have occupied Pakistan had the Afghans not stopped them.

Samiul Haq who is considered as the father of the Taliban group made the remarks as the Pakistani authorities have stepped up crackdown on the Afghan refugees which he called a bad policy.

Full report at: khaama.com/communists-would-have-occupied-pakistan-had-the-afghans-not-stopped-them-samiul-haq-01715

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Explosion in Kabul city, child reportedly wounded

Thu Aug 18 2016

An explosion reportedly took place in the vicinity of 4th police district of the city earlier this afternoon.

Preliminary reports suggest the blast took place as a result of a magnetic bomb attached to a vehicle.

Full report at: khaama.com/explosion-in-kabul-city-child-reportedly-wounded-01721

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Taliban shadow governor for Kunduz likely killed in US drone strike

Thu Aug 18 2016

The shadow governor of the Taliban group for northern Kunduz province has likely been killed in a drone strike conducted by US forces.

According to local officials in Kunduz province, at least 22 Taliban insurgents were killed and around 30 others were wounded during fierce clashes in this province.

Provincial police chief Gen. Mohammad Qasim Jangalbagh said the Afghan security forces also suffered casualtie during the clashes and at least two of them lost their lives and six others were wounded.

Full report at: khaama.com/taliban-shadow-governor-for-kunduz-likely-killed-in-us-drone-strike-01720

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Afghan forces proved capabilities in fight against the imposed war: Ghani

Thu Aug 18 2016

The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have proved their capabilities as they successfully fighting against an imposed war, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said Thursday.

The remarks by President Ashraf Ghani came as Afghanistan is celebrating the 97th Independence Day of the country.

Full report at: khaama.com/afghan-forces-proved-capabilities-in-fight-against-the-imposed-war-ghani-01719

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ARG Palace reports ‘friendly atmosphere’ as Ghani met Abdullah

Wed Aug 17 2016

The Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah met this evening, days after a controversial statement was delivered by Adullah, calling President Ghani as unfit for the office.

The Office of the President, ARG Palace, said the meeting was organized in a friendly atmosphere and President Ghani listened to the remarks of CEO Abdullah.

The Palace said it was decided that President Ghani will review the remarks of CEO Abdullah during the upcoming meeting.

Full report at: khaama.com/arg-palace-reports-friendly-atmosphere-as-ghani-met-abdullah-01714

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Europe

Merkel says Islamic State threat in Germany predates refugee influx

Europe18.08.2016

Neustrelitz,Germany (dpa) - Chancellor Angela Merkel dismissed suggestions that the arrival of 1.1 million migrants in Germany last year has brought Islamic State terrorism to the country.

Full report at: en.europeonline-magazine.eu/merkel-says-islamic-state-threat-in-germany-predates-refugee-influx_478895.html

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French Muslims wary over proposed 'Islamic foundation'

17.08.2016 

As France gets closer to its 2017 presidential election, Muslims in the country are concerned about upcoming reforms which some fear could include interventions in Islamic lifestyles.

A new state-controlled ‘Foundation for Islamic Works’ is on the agenda as part of the reforms. It would oversee some aspects of mosques’ operations – including financing and training of foreign-born imams – as well as working on the promotion of the cultural representation of Islam.

Full report at: aa.com.tr/en/europe/french-muslims-wary-over-proposed-islamic-foundation/630340

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German Who Plotted to Bomb U.S. Targets in Europe Gets Out of Prison Early

AUG. 17, 2016

A German man who trained in Pakistan with an offshoot of Al Qaeda and confessed in 2009 to plotting to bomb American targets in Germany was released from prison this week.

The decision to grant early release to the leader of the plot, Fritz Gelowicz, comes as the country grapples with the aftershocks of two recent attacks in Bavaria by people claiming loyalty to the Islamic State.

Full report at: nytimes.com/2016/08/18/world/europe/germany-fritz-gelowicz-bomb-plot.html?_r=0

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German officials at odds over reports on Turkey as ‘Islamist hub’

17.08.2016 

German officials have issued contradicting statements over a leaked government report saying Turkey is a “hub for Islamist groups,” with Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere defending the report just hours after two other high-level officials praised Ankara for its efforts against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/german-officials-at-odds-over-reports-on-turkey-as-islamist-hub.aspx?pageID=517&nID=102971&NewsCatID=351

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German police find items ‘glorifying Islamic State’ at home of man arrested for explosives

Thursday, 18 August, 2016

A man arrested in Germany on suspicion of storing materials that could be used as explosives had items in his apartment glorifying Islamic State, the regional police chief told broadcaster rbb.

Hans-Juergen Moerke told rbb that no attack plans had been found but a search of the flat had uncovered pyrotechnics, a gas mask, a replica Kalashnikov, camouflage suits and “many other IS trappings i.e. things that glorify IS”.

Full report at: scmp.com/news/world/europe/article/2005544/german-police-find-items-glorifying-islamic-state-home-man

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Pakistan

Man held for killing wife on pretext of family honour in Karachi

August 18, 2016

KARACHI: A 35-year-old mother of three was stabbed to death in the early hours of Wednesday morning by her husband, who had also killed his first wife some 14 years ago on the pretext of family honour, officials said.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1278230/man-held-for-killing-wife-on-pretext-of-family-honour-in-karachi

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Govt in process of reducing scope of Rangers-led operation, says CM

August 18, 2016

HYDERABAD: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that fruits of Karachi targeted operation will be sustainable when Sindh’s civil institutions and police are strengthened and ‘we are now in a process of strengthening institutions, so, we are in fact trying to reduce scope of operation instead of expanding it’.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1278220/govt-in-process-of-reducing-scope-of-rangers-led-operation-says-cm

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Former ISI chief working as chief advisor in WAK Gas

August 18, 2016

Islamabad: Former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief General Ahmed Shuja Pasha is presently working as the chief advisor in a gas company.

General Pasha, who served as the Director-General of the ISI from October 2008 until March 2012, joined WAK Gas as its group chief adviser after his retirement.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/former-isi-chief-working-chief-advisor-wak-gas-1003086/

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Nawaz Sharif vows to support struggle of Kashmiri people

August 18, 2016

Islamabad :Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said the world needs to take stock of the plight of Kashmiri people and vowed to support their “indigenous freedom struggle”.

Sharif’s remarks came as he met Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan, the outgoing president of Pakistani-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Full report at: siasat.com/news/nawaz-sharif-vows-support-struggle-kashmiri-people-1003033/

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Pakistan must do utmost to prevent acts of terror: US

August 18, 2016

Washington :Pakistan must do the utmost to prevent terrorists from carrying out acts of terror not just in the country but elsewhere in the region, the US has said and underlined the need of greater Indo-Pak dialogue and counterterrorism cooperation to combat the menace.

“We would encourage greater dialogue and counterterrorism cooperation between both Pakistan and India. We’ve said that many times,” State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner told reporters yesterday.

Full report at: siasat.com/news/pakistan-must-utmost-prevent-acts-terror-us-1003031/

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Saarc delegates treated to a cultural music night

August 18, 2016

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) hosted a ‘Cultural Musical Night’ for delegates of the first South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) Young Parliamentarians Conference on Tuesday night.

Some 50 delegates from Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka are visiting for the conference titled ‘Peace and Harmony for Development’.Artists from across the country had travelled to put on performances and to showcase the rich and diverse culture of Pakistan.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1278307/saarc-delegates-treated-to-a-cultural-music-night

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Africa

Boko Haram kills five in attack on reopened highway

18 August, 2016

A convoy of vehicles carrying Nigerian immigration officials and a group of traders were travelling from Gamboru, on the border with Cameroon, to the city of Maiduguri when they came under fire on Monday.

"Three (immigration) officers were hit and injured in the fire exchange. The immigration men drove off towards Maiduguri, leaving the traders behind," an army officer told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Full report at: timeslive.co.za/africa/2016/08/18/Boko-Haram-kills-five-in-attack-on-reopened-highway

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Rwanda police shoot dead terror suspect in Kigali

August 17, 2016

Police spokesman Celestin Twahirwa says the situation is under control

A terror suspect was shot dead in Rwanda after a three-hour shoot-out in an affluent suburb of the capital, Kigali, police say.

The man barricaded himself in the house and injured one police officer during the late-night battle.

Full report at: bbc.com/news/world-africa-37118166

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Nigerian president Buhari breaks silence on Zaria massacre after months

August 18, 2016

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured international and local human rights groups of “appropriate response” to a report of the judicial inquiry into the clashes between soldiers and Islamic Movement last December.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - President Muhammadu Buhari has assured international and local human rights groups of “appropriate response” to a report of the judicial inquiry into the Army's barbaric attack towards unarmed members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria last December. This was revealed on Tuesday, August 16, in a statement by a presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, who shared it on his Facebook page.

Full report at: en.abna24.com/service/africa/archive/2016/08/18/772744/story.html

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Mideast

Russia says Turkey could provide İncirlik base for Moscow’s Syria campaign

August 18, 2016

A member of Russia’s upper house of parliament has reportedly suggested that Turkey could provide its İncirlik air base for Russian Air Forces jets in their campaign across the border in Syria.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/russia-says-turkey-could-provide-incirlik-base-for-moscows-syria-campaign.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102955&NewsCatID=353

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Three police officers killed, more than 100 wounded in bomb attack in Turkey’s Elazığ

August 18, 2016

Three police officers were killed and more than 100 were wounded in a bomb attack targeting police headquarters in the eastern province of Elazığ on Aug. 18, Doğan News Agency has reported.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/three-police-officers-killed-more-than-100-wounded-in-bomb-attack-in-turkeys-elazig.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102969&NewsCatID=341

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One police officer, two civilians killed in PKK bomb attack in Turkey's Van

August 18, 2016

One police officer and two civilians were killed, while 73 more were injured, in a car bomb attack allegedly conducted by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the İpekyolu district of the eastern province of Van late on Aug. 17.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/one-police-officer-two-civilians-killed-in-pkk-bomb-attack-in-turkeys-van.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102970&NewsCatID=341

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Turkey submits Israel deal to parliament for approval

August 18, 2016

The Prime Ministry submitted to parliament on Aug. 17 an agreement to normalize ties with Israel, which had been delayed by the failed July 15 military coup attempt, the state-run Anadolu Agency said.    

The agreement has been forwarded to parliament for ratification before the legislative body goes into summer recess later this month.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-submits-israel-deal-to-parliament-for-approval-----.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102940&NewsCatID=510

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CHP urges lowering of Turkey’s election threshold

August 18, 2016

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) head Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has called for lowering the 10 percent threshold in Turkey’s election system, stressing that “democracy must be strengthened” after the July 15 failed coup attempt.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/chp-urges-lowering-of-turkeys-election-threshold.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102953&NewsCatID=338

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Turkish Cypriot president pledges to act on FETÖ if evidence offered

August 18, 2016

Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akıncı has pledged to take legal action against any individuals related to what Ankara calls the Fetullahist Terror Organization/Parallel State Structure (FETÖ/PDY) if sufficient information implicating them is received.

Akıncı arrived in Ankara for an official visit and is due to meet President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the presidential complex on Aug. 17. Before meeting with Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım on the same day, Akıncı visited the Turkish Parliament building, which was bombed during the July 15 uprising.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-cypriot-president-pledges-to-act-on-feto-if-evidence-offered.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102943&NewsCatID=351

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Turkish mega projects unaffected by coup attempt, says minister

August 18, 2016

There has been no disruption to Turkey’s major infrastructure projects following the July 15 coup attempt, Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan said Aug. 17.

“If possible, they will be finished earlier,” the minister told Anadolu Agency, denying that there had been any technical or financial obstacles to finishing the country’s mega projects which include Istanbul’s third airport, a finance center and the Kanal Istanbul artificial sea route.       

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-mega-projects-unaffected-by-coup-attempt-says-minister--.aspx?pageID=238&nID=102944&NewsCatID=345

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North America

Attacks Against US Muslims Growing in Frequency, Violence

August 17, 2016

The cold-blooded double murder of a New York imam and his assistant over the weekend has heightened Muslim American fears of fresh violence against the 3.5 million-strong community.

While prosecutors have yet to prove a religious motive, to many Muslims, the murders illustrate the increasingly violent face of Islamophobia in the United States.

“The perception among Muslim Americans is that it is potentially a hate crime,” said Engy Abdelkader, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and author of a recent report on Islamophobia in America.

Full report at: voanews.com/a/us-rising-islamophobia/3469525.html

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The US has 'the most Islamic government in the world,' says one American Muslim

August 17, 2016

This story is based on a radio interview. Listen to the full interview.

Qasim Rashid rejects the label “moderate Muslim.” Rashid — who heads the Washington-based organization, Muslims For Peace — says there is extremism and then there is Islam.

“They are two very different entities,” he argues.

Full report at: pri.org/stories/2016-08-17/us-has-most-islamic-government-world-says-one-american-muslim

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America’s “Dirty Arab” Islamophobia Problem

August 17, 2016

Can you imagine if an Arab American man constantly harassed his White neighbors in Oklahoma with indefensible racial slurs like “dirty honky” or “filthy cracker” on a regular basis?

Can you imagine if this same Arab American man was also found guilty of running over a White mother with his car and somehow not have to serve any significant jail time for this attempted murder?

We all know that would never happen.

Full report at: theislamicmonthly.com/americas-dirty-arab-islamophobia-problem/

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